THE Wangaratta Community Raffle has been axed by the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Council has, for the past two years, allocated $30,000 to fund a car as a major prize and help cover costs associated with running the raffle.
It was initiated as a fundraising opportunity for any community group or club, who keep the income from their raffle ticket sales – with 64 groups sharing in $44,539 in sales last year.
But rural city director of community wellbeing, Jaime Carroll, told the Wangaratta Chronicle this week that the raffle had been scrapped, following a major review as part of striking this year’s budget.
Ms Carroll said council, faced with tight finances, believed there was more benefit in maintaining the community grants at $186,000 – the same level as last year – rather than reducing it to accommodate the raffle.
“Our focus was on services that are efficient and we had to make some challenging decisions,” she said.
“The community told us to be more responsive, flexible, and supportive, and we felt the community grants give us more opportunity to do that.
“We are looking at the upper and lower limits within our grants program, to help accommodate differing needs.”